Without question, it was a stellar season for the Crofton Midget AA boys’ lacrosse team.
Coach Brendan Gaeng’s Cardinals went 12-3 overall this spring, playing all year as one of the best teams in the county’s highest-level lacrosse division. Following a playoff win over Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association, the Cardinals were one of the last two teams standing in the extremely competitive Midget AA division.
Though Crofton suffered a 9-3 loss in the league final to the undefeated Severna Park Green Hornets—who they had nearly taken down in a 4-3 loss during the regular season— Gaeng and company can’t view the season as anything less than successful.
“You can see them growing as a team,” said Gaeng following the league championship game at Severna Park High School on June 2. “The coaches and I were talking before: we thought it was going to be a pretty rough season this year, but the boys have come a long way, and they’ve really worked well together as one of the better teams. The kids are working together, not having attitudes, and being good teammates.”
No doubt the Cardinals’ strong play all season will serve the boys well as they step up to their respective high school teams in coming years, and the county lacrosse landscape will see plenty of Crofton’s entire roster of Jacob Perreten, Alex Reno, Anthony Toro, Matthew Mancuso, Eric Najarian, Jonathan Jarosz, Jacob Jarosz, Devin McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Matthew Taylor, Josh Gaeng, Noah Blonder, Drew Miller, Max Galasso, Matthew Dooley, Eric Ranck and Drew Goode.
“In the beginning of the season we tell the parents and the players to look at not where you are but where you want to get to as a team,” said Coach Gaeng. “We want to show improvement, but also we’re trying to get these kids ready for high school…[The championship game] hurts because of all the time and effort you put into it, but they can be happy for the development they’ve had, and they’ve done a great job.”